Testimonials from SMEs

 Jacky Michel-Agency Director


"It is already part of our practices to promote and help youth employment and apprenticeship. Indeed, our main objective in Humando is to open up the professional world to people who are excluded from it. We even took part in the PEMS (Premier Emploi Mobilité Sport – First Job Mobility Sport) action which aims at supporting the integration of youth in a company through a mentoring program. Young people are thus in full immersion in the company, they can learn from it and if their profiles match the company’s criteria, it can even lead to a recruitment. That is exactly what happened in the Humando agency of Pantin 93 since one of the young people got an apprenticeship contract. We are now totally ready to repeat the experience".


 Saale Kivkangur-CEO
 Koidula Park Hotell


"We engage in apprenticeships to get extra help and to train new workers for our sector. As we are a Green Key hotel, we are also welcomed to introduce our values to students and school groups visit us often. Our last apprentice had gifted hands, she was talented in every field needed, was able to react quickly and effectively to solve many sudden emergencies.

EU Talent gives an opportunity to also see what others are doing to get some inspiration".


  Gordon Pace-Managing Director
  Y Ltd


“Once needs are properly identified and actions are well planned, then a healthy relationship is born.  Everyone knows how to do some particular task from which you, whatever your business, can learn or benefit.  But it does take two to tango.  If you are ready to share your knowledge, then the result can only be success, in many forms”. 


Artur Czepcyński - CEO, ABC-Czepczyński                                 Poland

“In the times of unstable employee’s market, apprenticeships as well as internships and supporting schools are not only actions supporting local community, but also investment in the common good. By supporting education, we create a relationship with an apprentice, we teach them about company’s structure and its organizational culture. The apprentice becomes an ambassador of what is going on the inside of the enterprise. They get the chance of learning about the practical part of the job and of verifying their decision. After graduating, when starting their career, they will be aware and qualified employees, which we cherish the most. All of this is delivered by the EU Talent project”.


  Aco Ilic-General Manger


As a socially responsible company, we actively work on improvement of all activities related to education and training of young people and we happily participate in all programmes that may contribute to raise the standard in this field. Through its programme, the EU Talent project has major impact on the preparation of young people for high-quality, responsible jobs, including three important fields of business development in their project: business sector, education and the young, and we are extremely pleased to be a part of this programme.


  Jorge Fernández - CEO

"Incorporating people into the company always entailed a period of continuous training until the person in question was fully efficient. By changing our business model from selling expertise consulting to selling solutions, incorporating young people with high skills to offer them a career within the company made a lot of sense.
The experience of having apprentices was very positive. On the one hand it allowed us to have a fresh and impartial external vision and new insights coming from talent with different backgrounds. On the other hand, it allowed us to have access to International talent due to the origin of the students of Esade Master's degree and the privilege of the methodological support from a prestigious Business School".


Christian Dard  - CEO
Soulier Kubitza

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"Opening our doors to apprentices is, before all, valuable for the competitiveness of our company: it allows us to train ourselves, and following our working methodology and savvy, our future workforce. Thanks to this, we can create an internal talent pool, from which we take benefit, and not our competitors!

By investing in human capital, we improve the well being of our employees, that are then more productive, contributing to the welfare of our company.

The EUTalent project helps to « oil » the heavy and complex machinery of apprenticeship, sometimes hard to implement in a SME! This is a good help to take to increase its competitiveness and commitments in the training of tomorrow’s talents"


Clint Abela-Wadge - Owner
Wadge Hair Studio

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"Investing in an apprentice, it is like investing in your company. By having an apprentice working with you, you are opening a door for the business to grow. Clients will start to develop a relationship with the apprentice and eventually once she/he will graduate, there might be an option to employ them with you.

Myself as a salon owner benefited a lot from my apprentice, as the first thing my clients ask is for her, people like her a lot, and now she managed to build up her confidence.

Sometimes business owners are afraid to invest into apprentices since they are afraid that after they teach them everything, they will leave. But it is a risk you have to take."


Edite Kalnina - HR Manager
AbbVie SIA

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"As a business Human resources partner I see the direct benefit working with young people -there is a greater likelihood of them becoming potential employees when the business need and opportunities arises.

I see two-sided developing relations between AbbVie employees as a mentor and an apprentice – not only the apprentice learns but as well employees benefits from the skillset of the young people (e.g. new technologies, high levels of energy, new tools, methods).

I believe that each company and unit can allocate a task/ placement for apprentices – it is not about investment into workplace and equipment but openness to the new generation and readiness to share know-how."


Brian Sørensen - COO


"The impact of apprentices is vital for the company as they bring new ideas to the table and add valuable resources that the company could not easily access otherwise. Apprenticeships are especially cost-effective when coupled with externally funded projects, which are also valuable for the innovative approach.

Our apprentices achieve more than just acquiring hands-on experience on what it is like to work in a company, they do so within the context of the academic curriculum the apprenticeship is part of. For instance, one of our latest apprentices was involved in a project funding new and more sustainable product solutions for the company, emphasizing their CSR and sustainability profile while also cutting costs. His presence created an added value for the company."


Gülçin Tekin - HR Manager
Maxion Inci Inc.

"With their amateur spirit, they can think outside of the box and bring new and different ideas to the table so the company could benefit from their approach.

We support financially limited successful students in local schools by mentoring them, by preparing them to business life with real experience, to create more employment and add value to the student and economy of the country.

It needs time, energy and resources but in the end you support a financially limited student and give opportunity to follow his/her dreams. With our senior executive experiences, students have unforgettable experiences. We wanted to share this unique experience through EU Talent so that all other companies can implement such an important social responsibility project."


Álvaro Flores Delgado
HR Director


"We are a family company with more than 90 years of history, our tradition is to incorporate people in their first experience and have them stay with us throughout their professional life, with an average stay that exceeds 24 years. Participating in scholarship apprenticeship programmes has allowed us to complement knowledge and practical experience in training our workforce. We are also eager to receive new motivation and hopes for the team from younger people.

We take part in EUTalent because it allows us to continue to evolve and grow as an organization, as it analyses in a comparative way our training projects, evaluating each measure and making us ponder our contribution."


Muzaffer Altın - CEO
GEMTAŞ Propoller


"We invest on apprentices because young people are better leaners than adults. With this method the training of the workforce comes from the core of the company and apprentices can practice their vocational training on the job. By involving them in an apprenticeship, some disadvantaged and restive youth are kept far from harmful habits.

When we discovered about EUTalent, we decided we wanted to get involved in the project because we believe that apprenticeships are the best way to ensure that there will be qualified people in the profession or sector."


Francesca Gandolfi - HR Manager
SCS Consulting

"The apprenticeship contract is the opportunity to develop future competencies for the company with a considerable saving that can be invested to improve a sustainable competitive advantage for the company. An effective process can reduce risks of availability of competencies on the labour market which is scarcely aligned with the need of a consulting firm."


Kadir Köse - CEO
Özköse Machine Industry

"We invest on youth to make them productive members of society and contrast social exclusion. Apprenticeships are a good way of doing that in the specialized work field we operate in, since they allow for theoretical knowledge and practical work to be fulfilled at the same time.

The inclusion of young apprentices, which is supported by state funding, increases business productivity by reducing the workload for craftsmen. Investing in apprenticeships is also a good way of ensuring the sustainability of the sector.

We got involved in EUTalent because we care about our apprentices and because it gives us an opportunity to promote our business to other SMEs.


Juris Sīlis - Board Member
Jelgavas tipografija Ltd


"Engaging in apprenticeships is challenging for the company as you have to take special measures in organizational structure, appoint responsible persons and develop individual learning plans. But those challenges are strengthening the company in the longer run.

The main goal for apprenticeships should not be limited to get new and talented employees. It is a narrow point of view. It is more about creating a learning opportunity platform for both sides, with positive and mutually beneficial outcomes. The apprentice could become an employee, or even better a future employer."


Petra Horáková
Managing Director
Chateau Mcely

"We consider the young apprentices as our possible future manpower with new ideas and energy. Since the first day we followed this approach to the trainee practice proved its worth several times over. Successful apprentices have a part-time job in our hotel during their studies and some consequently become our employees.

Former apprentices are manpower with a high value and quality because they already know the environment, staff, management and important returning clients ."



Carsten Lund
Head of bricklayer division

Ove Larsen a.s


"At Ove Larsen A/S it is all about taking responsibility for the workforce of the future. Ensuring qualified and educated employment for tomorrow. We know that we have a part to play in this and that we need to take our share of the responsibility but that it also benefits us in the end since many of the apprenticeships ends up being employed by us after they are done.”


Miroslav Gligorijević
General Manager
TITAN Cementara Kosjerić

 Titan cement company logo

"Our company has a very long tradition in partnering with society and positively influencing the conditions that affect our stakeholders. Initiatives that bring benefits to young people have been established for many years, whilst apprenticeships programs, which we have started in 2014, make a helpful contribution to our company as well, representing a great way to bring in talented students to contribute to the organization, offering their original ideas and perspectives.

Unemployment is a major challenge in the whole region and we are helping to mitigate this issue through internship programs that also demonstrate our commitment to create opportunities for young people from local community to develop skills and competencies that are necessary for employment.”

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Webinar: EU Talent – Policy Recommendations, Identification and removal of policy obstacles to engage SMEs in quality apprenticeship programs

Date: 7 February 2019

Time: 15:00 - 16:00 CET

Location: Online

Equipping Youth & Business for the Future of Work

Date: 7 December 2018

Time: 9:00 CET

Location: 34 Avenue Simon Boulevard, 1000 Brussels

EU Talent: SDGs & Apprenticeships – Apprenticeships as a key driver of sustainability

Date: September 27, 2018

Time: 15:00 - 16:00 CEST

Location: Online

Webinar Impronta Etica & Sodalitas: L’APPRENDISTATO IN MOBILITÀ

Date: 13 September 2018

Time: 15:00 CET

Location: Online Event

CSR Latvia: Stakeholder meeting

Date: 29 June 2018

Time: 9:00 CET

Location: Fonds Dots telpās

National Workshop: Tendencias empresariales para un empleo joven de calidad

Date: 27 June 2018

Time: 11:00 CET

Location: Cámara de Comercio de Madrid

BLF Czech Republic: Stakeholder Dialogue

Date: 27 June 2018

Time: 16:00 CET

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National Meeting: Giovani e Lavoro: Le opportunita’ di apprendistato nelle PMI

Date: 15 June 2018

Time: 10:00 CET

Location: Assolombarda, Milan

BLF Czech Republic: National Workshop

Date: 4 April 2018

Time: 15:00 CET

Location: Hotel the Grand Mark Prague, Hybernská 12, Praha 1

CSR Turkey: EU Talent Stakeholder Meeting

Date: 19 April 2018

Time: 9:30 CET

Location: İstanbul Park Dedeman Hotel

RBF Poland: EU Talent National Workshop

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 15:00 CET

Location: National Stadium Warsaw


Date: 23 February 2018

Time: 11:00 CET

Location: Online

Webinar Smart Kolektiv: “Online tool for creating quality apprenticeships”

Date: 20 February 2018

Time: 13:00 CET

Location: Online

Webinar CORE Platform, Malta: “Enriching our business through Apprenticeships”

Date: 17 January 2018

Time: 14:00 CET

Location: Online

Webinar CSR HELLAS: “Benefits of hosting apprenticeship”

Date: 20 December

Time: 15:00

Location: Online

Webinar by CSR Turkey: “EUTalent presentation”

Date: 15 December

Time: 15:00

Location: Online

Webinar Poland: “Diversity management in SMEs to reach young talent”

Date: 1 December

Time: 14:00 CET

Location: Online

Webinar Spain: “Youth employment in Spain”

Date: 29 November

Time: 11:00 CET

Location: Online

Webinar Italy: “Experiences of Vocational Education and SMEs”

Date: 16 November

Time: 11:00 CET

Location: Online

EUTalent Stakeholders Meeting France

Date: 11 July France

Location: Paris

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